Breakbulk Procedures

Over sized load at EB1 in Tacoma.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance and the Port of Tacoma offer a streamlined documentation process for picking up and dropping off breakbulk/Ro-Ro cargo at the East Blair One (EB1) Terminal in Tacoma.

Our goal is to save you time and provide a seamless experience when you visit our terminal.

We can email truckers and dispatchers directly with the necessary paperwork after they send an email with their order request information. This allows truckers to bypass the customer service office and go directly to the terminal, which will reduce the amount of time they spend at our port.

Although four hours is the minimum time to process each request, we ask that each carrier submit their requests at least one day prior to allow sufficient time for processing.

Pick up and drop off cargo at EB1


Before arriving at the Port of Tacoma, email us at to confirm if your breakbulk cargo is ready to be picked up or dropped off. Please allow four hours to process your order request. Submitting your requests at least one day prior is recommended to ensure enough time for processing.

Include the following information in your email:

  • Subject: Picking up cargo or Dropping off cargo
  • Email body:
    • Vessel name:
    • Voyage #:
    • BOL # for imports / Booking # for exports:
    • Unit #:
  • Attachment: Authorization to move cargo


Once your order is processed, you or your dispatcher will receive an email with a link to download documents to your order. This link expires after 30 calendar days.


Print the documents before your trip and bring them with you to the terminal.


When you arrive at the Port of Tacoma, proceed directly to the EB1 Terminal gate with your paperwork. You will no longer need to pick up documents at the Port of Tacoma Customer Service Office.